M. Sanjayan

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M. Sanjayan
Native name Sanjayan Muttulingam
Born Sri Lanka
Nationality American

M. Sanjayan is an American conservationist and TV personality. He is also referred to as Sanjayan, M.A. Sanjayan or Sanjayan Muttulingam, but generally uses one name, as is sometimes customary in South Asia.[1]  He is the science contributor to the Showtime documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously" and was, until recently, the lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

Born in Sri Lanka, Sanjayan and his family moved to Sierra Leone in 1972.[2]  He moved to the United States to study at the University of Oregon, where he received both a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in ecology.[2]  In 1997, he earned a Ph. D in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.[3]

Sanjayan joined The Nature Conservancy in 2001.[2]  He has received media coverage in Vanity Fair,[4] Outside, Time and The Atlantic,[5] and hosted television programs on The Discovery Channel[6] and the BBC.[7]  In 2009, he appeared as a guest on Late Show with David Letterman.[7]  He also writes for The Huffington Post.[8]

In May 2012, CBS News named Sanjayan its science and environmental contributor.[9]


  1. ^ Bryan Walsh (23 March 2008). "Changing the White Face of the Green Movement". Time Science. Time Inc. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Abe Streep (27 July 2010). "The Natural". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Tim Stephens (31 July 1998). "STUDY FINDS CHEETAH POPULATIONS CAN ABSORB HIGH CUB MORTALITY RATES". University of California, Santa Cruz. Retrieved 1 June2012. 
  4. ^ "The Edge of Extinction". Vanity Fair. May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "A Conversation With M. Sanjayan, Nature Researcher and TV Host". The Atlantic. 7 Dec 2011. Retrieved 1 June2012. 
  6. ^ "Powering the Future - The Energy Planet". Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Sanjayan". Our Scientists. The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "M. Sanjayan". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Alex Weprin (11 May 2012). "CBS News Adds Manuel Bojorquez, M. Sanjayan". TVNewster. WebMediaBrands Inc. Retrieved 1 June 2012.